Requesting a Rain Check | 4 Simple Steps

How & Why to request a Rain Check

Many of you head to CVS on a Sunday morning and find the shelves wiped out…… I too seem to have that problem  – lately it has been incredibly bad.. they don’t really keep much in stock to start with .. then compile that with so many people who coupon – I can’t really ever seem […]

5 Steps to Creating an Effective Meal Plan

Effective Meal Planning

Do you use a meal plan? Meal planning has helped us save an incredible amount over the last year. We never always planned what we were eating – and we don’t use our meal plan daily, but we DO use it several times a week. We are fortunate enough to spend our dinner with our […]

What is a Catalina & How do they Work?

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Are you new to couponing? If you are, at some point you may have asked yourself “What exactly IS a catalina?!”    Hopefully this will help you understand them a little better. Catalina Category Marketing (CCM) rewards purchases of promoted products with catalinas.  They will print from the machine next to the cash register once you […]

What’s on Sale in April

Organic Cucumbers Being Sold In A Market

  We are just a day shy of April… and you might be curious to know what you should think about picking up in store, what you can look forward to on sale, so you can plan accordingly on moving some things around in your stockpile or pantry to make room. This year, Easter falls […]

Saving Money | 12 Items you Probably Did Not Know You Could Freeze

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  This week we’re stocking up on Eggs and butter at Fry’s… Most of us usually toss those items in the fridge – and use them short term. But… you can ALSO FREEZE those items to use later – it’s nice to be able to do that too – because it takes the stress out […]

Supporting the Military Through Expired Coupons

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Those of you who are new to my site may be curious as to what you should do with any coupons that you might not be able to use, that expire – and the great news is that we can use them to support the troops. For military families who relocate overseas to various locations…the […]

How to Find Coupons that are Zip Code Specific


   Do you have trouble finding Coupons that aren’t pre-clipped for you when you click them?   You may, at some point, notice that sometimes coupons are not pre-clipped for you to print. That’s because some are zip code specific – they are a little trickier to find. Sometimes coupons can be found under a […]

What’s on Sale in March


  Do you plan on shopping in March? Chances are you probably will… If you are, it’s a smart move to familiarize yourself with what you might see on sale.  We have MANY new March Coupons – all of which align super with the sales this month. Use this information to plan ahead  — requesting […]

Building a Stockpile on a Limited Budget {+ Stockpile Challenge}

Stock Up

  Earlier last week we talked about How to Build a Stockpile – and just a few weeks ago we talked about 35 Frugal Meal Ideas and included a really NICE Pantry Checklist. Over this past few weeks we have had quite a few NEW readers who have emailed us with questions on how to start […]

How to Find a Sale Item


If you are using the Favado app to do your grocery & drugstore shopping you will want to check the app store for a recent New Favado Update – you can now see pictures in your grocery lists. How EXCITING! But HOW do you search for a particular deal?! If you are looking for a specific deal […]

What’s on Sale in February

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  Do you plan on shopping in February? Chances are you probably will… If you are, it’s a smart move to familiarize yourself with what you might see on sale.  Use this information to plan ahead  — requesting coupons from Companies (see HERE for more) is a great way to become a smarter shopper so […]

How to Determine the Stock Up Price on Paper Towels

Stock Up Paper Towels

Chances are you use paper towels every day – for many, it’s just as important to have Paper Towels as it is Toilet Paper.  There are SO many different types and sizes out there – Big Roll, Giant Roll, Super Roll, Super Mega, Select a Size, Prints, Non Prints, Extra Soft, the list goes ON […]

Sales Cycles | What to Buy in January

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  We’re approaching January, and we’ve passed the holiday baking season – now we’re moving into the New Year and NEW Fitness Resolutions. Many of you will have your own Resolutions (whether it be fitness goals or other) – you’ll see a trend at the grocery store & retail stores that focuses on Home Storage, […]

How to Save Money on Meat Purchases | 8 Tips to Reduce your Expenses


For a good majority of families, meat is the most expensive purchase in a household grocery budget…… I know I have some readers who are Vegetarian – but I would suspect that the majority of you incorporate quite a bit of meat into your weekly grocery purchases. For most of you, meat is costly – […]

Build & Sync your Shopping List with the Favado App

Favado Feature | Sync your Shopping List Between your Computer & Mobile Device - The CentsAble Shoppin

Over the last few months many of you have heard me mention the Favado App – many of you are using it (I am too!) and find it a helpful way to find out what’s on sale, best prices, set up sales alerts & even make your shopping list on your mobile device. Now you […]